Despite Corzine's Deputy Chief of Staff instructing department heads to "stretch" the truth about New Jersey's job numbers, the New Jersey Department of Labor reported today that 12,000 private sector and 700 government positions were lost in September. New Jersey's unemployment rate now stands at 9.8%, its highest level since April 1977, and remains higher than the unemployment rates of Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
“No neighboring state is suffering as much in this recession as New Jersey,” said Monmouth County Senator Joe Kryillos, the senior Republican on the Economic Growth Committee. “There are no excuses that Governor Corzine can give that will make New Jersey feel better about the suffering of so many of our friends and neighbors.
“The governor’s belated, half-hearted attempts at economic development are clearly too little, too late. The governor’s legacy will be his role in the transformation of the most vibrant economy in the Northeast into a textbook example of job-killing taxation and regulation.
“The governor should be talking about how he will roll back taxes and nuisance regulation for small, medium-sized and large businesses. Instead, he has made it clear he is considering new fuel, sales and income taxes. This is exactly the wrong message to send business leaders we desperately need to create jobs during this recession.
“I again urge Governor Corzine to call the Legislature into a special session to come up with an economic plan that’s strong enough to combat the emergency we face. Our children are counting us to repudiate the mistakes of the past and to create prosperity in the future.”
The unemployment numbers put a damper on the news that Kyrillos has been named "Legislator of the Year" by the New Jersey Society for Environmental, Economic Development (NJ SEED).
“New Jersey SEED fights for progress on the issues that are most important to New Jersey residents, including job creation, economic development and environmental protection,” Kyrillos stated. “I appreciate this group’s diverse leaders, and I am both honored and humbled to receive this award today.”